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New York Car Rental

 

New York City has been one of the most popular business and pleasure travel destinations for decades. It's the best place to grab a slice of pizza, enjoy a cup of coffee, take an architecture stroll, or visit art gallery after art gallery. From museums and shops to Time Square and Broadway, you can fill several weeks in Manhattan alone.

 

However, if you want to get a true sense of New York City, visit the other four boroughs, too: Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Each borough offers its own unique culture, so rent a car and use the advice below to plan the perfect Big Apple itinerary.

 

What to Do in New York City
Family Day Trip Ideas Near New York City
Driving Around New York City
Family-Friendly NYC Destinations

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What to Do in New York City

 

Start your day in NYC at Central Park, which arguably serves as the city's most iconic destination. Take a walk around Turtle Pond, grab pictures of some of the beautiful statuary, sit for a while in the Shakespeare Garden, and take a ride on the carousel. You'll find information kiosks throughout the park, so feel free to stop for a map or advice.

 

Next, head to Coney Island in Brooklyn. It's the perfect place to visit in spring and summer, thanks to the beautiful beach and the abundant amusement rides. Don't forget to buy a bag of popcorn so you don't get hungry as you stroll the boardwalk. Take a spin on the Wonder Wheel or test your mettle on the Cyclone roller coaster.

 

Finally, hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry to visit this iconic NYC borough. It's the ideal neighborhood for history and culture lovers, especially if you enjoy browsing exhibits at museums. Whether you're with adults or children, stop by the Staten Island Zoo. It offers 8 acres of animal exhibits, from otters to meerkats.

 

You can get around the five boroughs via public transit, but renting a car will give you the most flexibility to get around on your schedule. If you're here for an extended vacation, consider devoting one or more days to each of the boroughs, so you can thoroughly experience them.

 

Family Day Trip Ideas Near New York City

 

While NYC offers plenty of activities for people of all ages, you might want to get out of the city for a few hours to experience nearby smaller towns in New York and Connecticut.

 

Start with the Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, which sits on the outskirts of Peconic, New York. You can take a tour of the vineyards, then check out the tasting room for some of the company's best wines. There's a scenic deck where you can relax with a glass and chat with your fellow travelers. The Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard is about one hour and 45 minutes from NYC's city center, so it's ideal for a quick trip.

 

You'll also want to visit Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, which is a two-hour drive from NYC. It's a historic destination filled with gorgeous architecture and quaint, tree-lined streets. Visit the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts if you enjoy opera, ballet, orchestra, or any other musical performances. The Frank Gehry-designed building will delight architecture enthusiasts. Annandale-on-Hudson also offers hiking trails at Montgomery Place, stunning gardens at Blithewood Manor, and excellent Japanese food at Osaka.

 

Consider traveling to New Canaan, Connecticut, as well. It's a beautiful town, especially during autumn, thanks to the gorgeous fall colors. It's also home to the Glass House, which is a historic house museum that hosts exhibits related to architecture, art, and interior design. The grounds feature beautiful landscaping, and the house itself is constructed almost entirely of glass. You can get to New Canaan in about two hours if you leave from NYC's city center, and don't forget to stop in town for a bite to eat and to browse in some of the local antique shops.

 

Driving Around New York City

 

NYC's infamous traffic can frustrate out-of-towners, but you can avoid the worst of it by traveling at ideal times. Late evening and early morning offer the least congestion. Try to avoid driving around lunch time because the streets become packed with cars and taxis.

 

Family-Friendly NYC Destinations

 

When traveling with the kids, focus on family-friendly destinations in NYC. Visit some of the city's most famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Hit the High Line Park to enjoy the flowers and greenery, and to view the city from a unique vantage point. It's also the ideal place to take photographs, especially if you like industrial backgrounds.

 

Go ice skating and visit the LEGO store in Rockefeller Center. As one of the most tourist-friendly areas of NYC, this legendary destination also offers enormous murals and beautiful statues and other works of art. There's also the Children's Museum of Manhattan, which offers hands-on exhibits that kids love. Even if you've visited before, the museum hosts traveling exhibits, so there's always something new to see.

 

New York City has developed a reputation as an ideal nightlife destination, but it offers plenty of fun for families. Consider eating an early dinner every evening, so you don't have to wait in line to get seated. Return to your hotel or Airbnb early to wind down and enjoy a glass of wine while the kids watch television or play. Start your mornings early to avoid traffic, especially if you're heading out for a day trip, and use your phone's GPS to make sure you never get lost.

 

Whether you're visiting overnight or for several days, don't miss the excitement and bustle of NYC. With a rental car and a GPS system, it's easy to visit all five boroughs as well as outlying areas.


 

NYC Visitor Information:

 

Don't Get (Tourist) Trapped: How Your Family Can Visit New York Like a Local

7 Things for Families to See and Do in New York City

 

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